Who We Are

Who We Are

The Hummingbird Fund serves as an accelerator for innovation in ALS research, advocacy, and overall functional support, through stable and sustainable partnerships that are family- and patient-centric, and kind.

The Hummingbird Fund Stands on Three Pillars

access

Access

research

Research

Advocacy

Advocacy

How It Works

How It
Works

Our advisory committee has set up the Hummingbird Fund as a “committee-advised fund” within the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF). All donations are tax-deductible, and every dollar given to the Hummingbird Fund is ultimately allocated based on the discretion and oversight of CACF, and the Plews-Ogan family directs the allocations of Hummingbird Funds according to our mission.

2023 Fundraising Goal

  • 80% 80%

Raised: $80,000

Goal: $100,000

Hummingbird
Highlight

On November 17, 2022, Dr. Ogan gave the McGehee Lecture at UVA School of Nursing. To watch the lecture and hear him speak on the Therapeutic Use of Self in the Land of ALS, use the link below.

Lecture

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